Joined by more than 30 supporters at the Florence County Courthouse, state Rep. Robert Williams said Monday he will run for the 7th District seat in the U.S. Congress.
“Today, amongst my family, amongst my friends and those who wish to see and feel change, let me fight for you,” said Williams of Darlington. “With your help, we can change and address the needs of the people of this district and not the greed of Washington.”
Williams is running for the seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rice of Myrtle Beach.
If elected, Williams said he plans to bring good-paying jobs to the district, support the military and veterans, restore economic security, ensure students get a good education, and provide access to affordable housing and health care.
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“Every citizen deserves to have clean water,” Williams said. “Every citizen deserves to have affordable housing. Every citizen deserves to have access to health care, no matter where they live in these United States.”
Williams was elected to the S.C. House in 2006 has been re-elected five times.
“It has been my greatest honor to serve this great state, and I want to continue to serve my constituents in order to make this state a better state,” Williams said.
Williams said he learned the importance of integrity, character and service at a young age, saying his mother taught him to serve others in need.
“I’ve learned to grow up to be a man of faith, a man of integrity, a man of hope,” Williams said.
Williams spent four years in active duty in the U.S. Army, including serving in Iraq, and has served more than 20 years in the National Guard.
“Today, I stand before you with a new set of war clothes, ready to fight to Washington, and I will continue to fight for all the people who believe that we can do better because we must do better,” Williams said. “The future demands that we do better, because our children and our grandchildren are at stake. They depend on us.”
The 7th District covers the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions.
Williams said he plans to hold “listening stops” across the district. Williams said he wants people to know that he cares about their problems and will work to help solve them.